HELEN FRANKENTHALER "SOUTHWEST BLUES", 1969

Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) is one of the most revered and influential abstract painters of the 20th century...in addition to being one of the most successful and collected female artists. 

Frankenthaler is typically associated with, and credited for, the emergence of Color Field painting. While this is certainly an important part of her legacy, it should be emphasized that Frankenthaler was also a significant contributor to Abstract Expressionism in general. 

Her creations challenged the fundamental properties of painting and its raw materials, as well as the emotional and optical impact of pure color.

Like many of her peers, (notably her ex-husband Robert Motherwell) Frankenthaler was an avid and restless printmaker. Frankenthaler experimented with many different printing approaches. 

This work, with its confidently minimal approach, has a similar spirit to Frankenthaler's best canvases of the late 1960's - its willingness to allow a significant amount of untouched space. Similarly, while the work is unquestionably abstract it manifests a sensuality and tension evocative of her best works. 

This is also an uncharacteristically small edition. 

“Southwest Blues” can be found in several important permanent collections including the MOMA and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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“Southwest Blues”, 1969

Colour lithograph from three stones on French handmade paper

Signed, dated “69” and numbered by the artist 

From an edition of 19

Published by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip, New York.

ULAE blind stamp

24”H 18”W 

Very good condition

Detailed condition report by request

 

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